Tech-laden Volkswagen Golf Mk8 suffers software glitches

Examples of latest Golf built until July 2020 are affected by software glitches, though the global recall is not mandatory.

Volkswagen has issued a voluntary recall of 56,000 examples of the latest-generation Golf to fix software problems that have plagued the new model, noting the new generation Golf is not yet in Australia.

It is focused on examples of the Mk8 Golf built before July 2020, and fixes software issues affecting the infotainment system and reversing camera.

The latest Golf – which has become more reliant on technology and digital interfaces than any previous variant – saw its international launch delayed in 2019 while engineers worked to fix software development problems.

Deliveries to Europe were then halted in May last year due to issues with the car’s emergency call system, which resulted in customer vehicles being stored for up to a month until a fix was found. Software problems also plagued the rollout of the ID 3 electric model.

Despite numerous issues and the latest software problems, customer demand for the model hasn’t waned. 312,000 examples were registered in Europe last year, making it 2020’s best-selling car, while the Golf was the number one seller in its German home market.

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